This Mini Shepherds Pies Recipe is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Make this quick and easy entree for an Irish themed dinner party or weeknight meal.
This recipe is comfort food at its best. These small dishes are full of flavor, and what’s not to love? It has meat, veggies, and mashed potatoes! Make these in individual portion sizes like I suggest here, or place the ingredients in a casserole dish and increase baking time.
Individual mini shepherds pies are ideal for serving family or entertaining guests for St. Patrick’s day.
We didn’t grow up eating shepherd’s pie but it’s one of the earliest recipes I saw on a cooking segment so many years ago. With the combination of ingredients and the easy of putting it all together, I knew I had to make it.
Since St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner, these mini shepherds pies are ideal for serving family or for entertaining. This is comfort food at its best.
These small dishes are full of flavor, and what’s not to love? It has meat, veggies, and mashed potatoes!
What is shepherd’s pie?
Traditional shepherd’s pie gets its origins from the UK and Ireland, and is made with ground lamb or mutton. A topping of mashed potatoes is standard but the additional flavorings can vary from recipe to recipe. So to be precise these are actually “cottage pies” as they’re made with ground beef.
I love the idea of making and serving individual shepherd’s pies in mini baking dishes. It reminds me of how restaurants serve things and it gives a dinner party a special twist. Of course you could make this up in a larger casserole dish as well, and it tastes just as good.
These mini shepherds pies are easy and convenient to make ahead too.
You can prepare the fillings and layer everything in the baking dishes ahead of time. Just cover with aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator. When ready, pull them out of the fridge and place them in the oven. THEN turn the oven on so the ceramic dish warms up with the oven. Otherwise, taking the cold dish to a hot oven will result in a broken dish!
If you serve these for an Irish themed dinner party for St. Patrick’s day, don’t forget to include an Irish beer like Guinness to wash it down. And welcome guests with a green leprechaun cocktail while waiting for dinner to cook.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 – 15 oz can Beefy Mushroom soup
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup cooked peas
- 1 cup sliced carrots, cooked
- 4 cups prepared mashed potatoes
Cook ground beef all the way through, and drain excess fat.
Add soup and cornstarch to beef and continue cooking on high until it reaches a boil. Cook for about 2 minutes while stirring; reduce to low until thickened.
Add peas and Worcestershire to meat mixture, and combine.
Begin layering in 4-6 small ramekins or baking dishes: meat mixture, carrots, mashed potatoes.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, and serve.
You can also place ingredients in a 2 quart casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.